Veteran Service Group

The Veterans Services Group (VSG) at Finkelstein & Partners is a team of experienced and compassionate Veterans’ advocates and VA accredited attorneys who specialize in obtaining disability compensation benefits for Veterans and their families. VSG provides assistance with appealing decisions by the VA that negatively impact a Veteran’s benefits. Combat-related wounds, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and toxin/dioxin exposure (such as Agent Orange in Vietnam) are just a few examples of the types of cases the VSG handles. We represent Veterans in their disability compensation cases as well as eligible surviving spouses in their appeals for accrued and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits in all 50 states.

The mission of the Veterans Services Group is to serve the brave men and women who have risked their lives defending our freedom. We aim to competently represent Veterans with the same dedication they have shown in serving our country. Appealing a VA decision is often a long and cumbersome process that can be frustrating for even the most experienced Veterans. Going through an appeal with less than optimal health does not make it any easier. The VSG was created to provide guidance and support to Veterans throughout this difficult time.

While the VSG may not always be able to assist a Veteran directly on his or her claim, our website is intended to provide vital information, tools, contacts, and news in a centralized location to Veterans and Veterans’ advocates across the country. These resources are designed both to aid Veterans and their family members in obtaining the benefits they deserve, and to connect advocates, community members, and attorneys with opportunities for professional growth and development in this practice area.

There are over twenty different types of benefits that are available to Veterans and their family members. Although disability benefits are the most well known of the benefits programs offered, additional services range from helping Veterans receive educational & vocational training to assisting Veterans in obtaining various types of insurance and loans. It is also important to note that there are certain benefits only available to the Veteran, and others that are intended for the Veteran’s spouse and family.

We at VSG specialize in Disability Compensation Benefits and the complex appeals process that often follows. For more information on understanding the process associated with obtaining disability compensation benefits, please visit the Navigating the VA Claims Process section of our site. The following brief overview is meant to provide a concise foundational understanding of available benefits, and is not intended to be exhaustive. For your convenience, we have divided our overview into three main sections: Veterans Disability Benefits, Benefits for Family Members and Other Benefits. Additionally, we have created pages containing Key Concepts and Definitions as well as Common Abbreviations for your reference while using our site.

Disability Compensation Benefits

In order for a Veteran to receive Disability Compensation Benefits, the Veteran must have an injury or medical condition that was either caused or aggravated by his/her active duty service. Click here to be taken to our “Disability Compensation Benefits” page and learn more about this program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.


Disability Pension Benefits

Like Disability Compensation Benefits, Disability Pension Benefits also require that a Veteran be disabled or injured by a medical condition in order to receive the benefits. However, unlike Disability Compensation Benefits, Disability Pension Benefits do not require that the injury or condition be related to the Veteran’s service.

Benefits for Family Members

There are a variety of VA benefits that are available to qualifying family members of both living and deceased Veterans. These include accrued benefits, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC—formerly death compensation), death pension, and other benefits. Types of qualifying family members include spouses, dependent children, and parents.

Other Benefits

In addition to disability-related benefits, Veterans and eligible family members can take advantage of many other benefits. They include VA Healthcare, burial and memorial benefits, educational benefits, life insurance programs, and more.

Our Resources:

For Veterans And Family Members

– Local Resources

– National Resources

– Nationwide Resources

– New York and New Jersey Resources

Veterans Benefits Abbreviations

VA Regulation Rule Changes

For Attorneys


Guides & Literature

2013/2014 Veterans Military Service Organizations

Diseases Associated with Agent Orange

Free Legal Clinics

The Rally Point Bugle 

Veterans’ Benefits Timetables


VA Forms

Statement In Support of Claim   

Application for Accreditation as Claims Agent or Attorney- VA Form 21a.

Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension, and Accrued Benefits.

Application for DIC, Death Pension, and Accrued Benefits- EZ Form

Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance

Application for Disability Compensation

Application for Increased Compensation Based on Unemployability (TDIU)

Request Pertaining to Military Records

Notice of Disagreement – VA Form 21-0958

Formal Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) – VA Form 9

Application for Non Service-Connected Pension- VA Form-21-527EZ

Application for Compensation and/or Pension- VA Form 21-526